Rebels Go Frog Stompin'
Oct. 12, 2007
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV volleyball team (14-3 overall, 5-2 Mountain West) extended its winning streak to three matches with its third straight victory by a 3-0 margin. The Rebels swept past the TCU Horned Frogs by scores of 30-19, 31-29, 30-18 in Fort Worth, Texas. UNLV was led by Melody Nua's fifth double-double of the season and strong attacking efforts by Maria Aladjova and Lauren Miramontes.
Aladjova and Miramontes combined for 37 of the Rebels' 59 kills on the night. Aladjova knocked down a match-high 20 on 36 total attempts. She was errorless in the match and held a hitting percentage of .556.
Miramontes, the reigning MWC Player of the Week, threw down 17 kills and hit .615. In all, she attempted 26 attacks and had only one error. This is the third straight match that she has hit above the .526 mark, as she hit .526 vs. Wyoming (Oct. 4) and .684 vs. Air Force (Oct. 6) last weekend.
Nua combined a match-high 45 assists with 10 digs to register her double-double. Nua was joined in the double-digit dig category by Jada Walker and her match-high 19 tallies.
For the match, UNLV out-hit TCU .377 to .199. The Rebels had two games where they hit above the .430 barrier. In games one and three the offense hit .432 and .436, respectively. In both games, they only amassed two errors in each. In game two, they hit .296 with only six errors.
TCU (16-7, 3-4 MWC), on the other hand, was held below .278 in all three games. They hit .225 and .278 in games one and two, respectively, but dropped to a lowly .085 in the third frame.
TCU was led offensively by Irene Hester's double-double of 10 kills and 11 digs. LeMeita Smith had a team-high 11 kills. Nirelle Hampton dished out a team-high 33 assists.
The Rebels only trailed in the first game at the 2-1 juncture. After getting a kill from Aladjova and back-to-back ball handling errors by TCU, UNLV took a 4-2 lead. The Rebels slowly increased its lead as the game progressed and pushed it to as much as 11 on two occasions, even the final 30-19 margin.
Game two was a different story as the Frogs came out ready to play. After playing a see-saw affair, TCU looked like it was going to even the score at 1-1, but UNLV had some fight left in them. UNLV trailed 28-26, but got a kill from Brittani Lumsden and an error by Herster for the score to even up at 28-28. TCU got a kill from Christy Hudson to earn a game point, at 29-28, but Miramontes threw down consecutive kills to give UNLV a 30-29 edge. Aladjova iced the frame with a kill.
UNLV played the third just like the first. Two straight attack errors by TCU put UNLV up for good as they steamrolled to the 30-18 win.
The Rebels return to action on Saturday night (6:00 pm PT) in Albuquerque, N.M. The New Mexico Lobos will welcome UNLV to "The Land of Enchantment" as the teams will break a second-place tie in league standings. UNM swept San Diego State on Friday and improved to 14-5 overall and 5-2 in MWC action.